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Key Dates for 2017 NFL Offseason

Posted Jan 10, 2017

Take a look at the key dates for the 2017 NFL offseason, including the Senior Bowl, Scouting Combine, start of free agency and NFL Draft.



Take a look at the key dates for the 2017 NFL offseason, including the Senior Bowl, Scouting Combine, start of free agency and NFL Draft. It's also worth noting that the San Francisco 49ers can begin offseason workouts earlier than other teams with returning head coaches.

January 1: Week 17.

January 2: Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to the rules that limit rookie contracts.

January 2: Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for First- Round Selections from the 2014 NFL Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after January 2, 2017, but prior to May 3, 2017.

January 7-8: Wild Card Playoffs.

January 8: Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.

January 14-15: Divisional Playoffs.

January 15: Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.

January 16: Deadline for college players that are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. A list of players who are accepted into the NFL Draft will be transmitted to clubs on January 20.

January 21: East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.

January 22: AFC and NFC Championship Games.

January 28: Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.

January 29: NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida.

January 29: An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club's head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

February 5: Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas.

February 15: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

February 28-March 6: Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 1: Prior to 1:00 p.m. PT, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 7-9: During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 12:59:59 p.m. PT on March 9th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 1:00 p.m. PT on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 1:00 p.m. PT on March 9.

During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player's current club.

March 9: The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 1:00 p.m. PT.

The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 8:59:59 p.m. PT on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 1:00 p.m. PT and 8:59:59 p.m. PT on March 9.

March 9: Trading period for 2017 begins at 1:00 p.m. PT after expiration of all 2016 contracts.

March 26-29: Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.

April 3: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2016 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

April 17: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

April 21: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.

April 26: Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

April 27-29: NFL Draft (Philadelphia). The NFL draft was last held in Philadelphia in 1961, and the first ever NFL draft was held in Philadelphia in 1936.



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